Frequently Asked Questions

WYHA Update to Coaches & Managers 12-02-2020

WYHA Coaches and Managers,

With the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in our area and the number of questions being asked about this we would like to reiterate some points of our COVID-19 policy. The full policy is located here (see below) and we ask you to become familiar with this so you know the protocol and can answer your team’s questions if any come up. 


Please relay/forward this information to the parents on your team.

  • If a player or coach tests positive for COVID-19, we encourage the family to contact their Team Coach & Manager and the WYHA president to report the confirmed case.
  • Information shared will remain confidential.
  • When there is a COVID-19 confirmed case, the County Health Department will take the lead on quarantine and clearance for the person(s) affected to return to WYHA functions.
  • If an individual receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, the individual must be medically released from isolation before returning to any WYHA function
  • The Webster Cyclones board and/or Team Staff will notify players and families if a positive COVID-19 case occurs on their team. 
  • If a player or coach on a team tests positive, all players and team staff (Coaches, Managers and other volunteers) on the team are expected to follow the directives and recommendations of the County Health Department.
  • If a player or coach on a team tests positive this does not necessarily mean that their ice slots will be cancelled. We will work with each team if/when this happens and based on the situation an appropriate decision will be made.
  • If a team is required to quarantine all ice slots for that team will be canceled during the quarantine period and rescheduled for a later date to the extent possible.
  • All team’s participating in any WYHA function are required to follow the guidelines for the given rink they are using. As coaches/managers we are counting on you to ensure these policies are followed.
  • If you are sick, don't feel well, or have been exposed, do not come to the rink. Coaches should ask the team they are sharing with to run their practice if coaches are not available.
  • Players are to dress at home
  • Players are limited to ONE (1) spectator.
  • Locker Room Monitors are responsible for monitoring locker rooms and limiting capacity (should locker rooms be allowed) and also are supposed to help coaches and managers monitor mask wearing and players before and after practices
  • All teams must have locker room monitors
  • Posting COVID positive cases on social media about other people is a violation of medical privacy laws. WYHA expects all parents to monitor the social media activity of their children.

Thank you for all you do for Webster Youth Hockey and your team’s families. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

David Weiss

WYHA President

WYHA Update 11-17-2020

Recently some teams have inquired if the WYHA policies on Covid have changed due to the Monroe County change to "yellow status”. The following will clarify our current policies on Covid (sent as an email to all Coaches & Managers). 

1) Effective immediately WYHA is no longer allowing teams to travel out of NY state to participate in any hockey function. NOTE: All of the Northeastern states and New Jersey have banned out of state travel for hockey. Pennsylvania now has testing and quarantine requirements to travel into the state.

2) Below is the official face mask policy for our program.


Applicable USA Hockey & New York State Policy Information:

The current USA Hockey Policy (https://tinyurl.com/y5gxtgtp) is players do not have to wear a mask while on the ice. USA Hockey does mandate all coaches wear a mask while on the ice. USA Hockey also requires all teams to follow state and local rules.

New York State policy for High School sports is players must wear a mask while on the field unless they inform their coach they can't tolerate one. There are currently no requirements from New York State for Youth Sports participants to wear a mask, however this policy is subject to change at any time.

The rink's WYHA skates at have policies approved by the local Department of Health and they do not mandate players wear a mask while participating in practices. The rule is "when the helmet goes on before practice, the mask may be removed and after practice when the helmet comes off, the mask goes back on". Also subject to Department of Health policy at any time.

WYHA Face Mask Policy:

WYHA will continue to follow the policies set forth by USA Hockey and the NY Government (as described above) and the rinks we use for practice. WYHA coaches may ask their players to wear a mask during practice, however no player may be discriminated against if they can't tolerate a mask while practicing since the official policies do not require them to wear one. This situation is ever evolving and we will adjust if/when the policies change.


3) There has been a noticeable increase in attendance of spectators at practice so we would like to remind families that only 1 adult is allowed at the Webster Ice Arena per player.


4) As always please ensure you know and follow the rules of the rinks you are attending for hockey functions.


Thank you for all you do for WYHA and following these policies so we can ensure we can keep the kids on the ice.

WYHA Board

NYSAHA Spit Guard Advisory 11-18-2020

Summary: Addition of non HECC approved spit guards will invalidate the HECC certification of the Helmet. There are a variety of products which can be added to the inside or outside of the helmet/facemask and supposedly prevent transmission of viruses (there are no guarantees). There is no medical evidence any of the products are effective. If products are approved and certified by HECC, they will be posted on the HECC website in the above letter.

Updated advisory with list of approved "spit guards" which do not invalidate the HECC certification of a helmet. Plus link to a list where more will be posted once approved.

Concussion and Safety Information

WYHA has posted numerous links to player safety, Concussion & General Safety Info at:

https://www.wyha.com/events/concussion-and-safety-information/249

NOTE: the link to the required Concussion Return to Play Form can be found on the above page.

Webster Cyclones COVID-19 Plan & FAQ 2020-21 Season

Updated: November 1, 2020

Introduction

The health and safety of the Webster Cyclones Players and Coaches, their families, as well as others in the greater hockey community is a priority as we return to the ice this fall and winter.


Below is our COVID-19 plan, which also includes information about the 2020-21 season. WYHA intends to have a normal season of practices, games and team events as allowed by USA Hockey and New York State officials. Given the 2020-21 environment, we also need to be mindful of health and safety practices which can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, the following document includes:

 

·         Important information on how to reduce the spread of disease

·         COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and policies

·         USA Hockey guidelines for safe play

·         2020-21 season information including Travel information

·         Frequently Asked Questions


Health and Safety Guidelines

According to the New York State Department of Health, ice hockey is in the “higher risk” classification for sports and recreation. Higher risk sports and recreation activities are characterized by having the least ability to maintain a physical distance and/or be done individually, as well as the least ability to avoid touching of shared equipment, clean and disinfect equipment between uses by different individuals, or not use shared equipment at all. 

Note: NYSAHA is attempting to have ice hockey changed from a high risk classification to a moderate risk classification to allow more participation. The position of USA Hockey and NYSAHA is hockey players wear protective gear from head to toe, most ice rinks (including Webster and BGIP) have MERV-13 filters (shown to remove COVID-19 particles), have no shared equipment and there is an ability to maintain a physical distance in both practices and game situations as shown by medical studies commissioned by USA Hockey.

 

Reducing the Spread

 

The hockey community can take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As parents of young players, we play a role in teaching our children about best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Everyone should:

·        Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer

·        Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

·        Maintain six feet of physical distance from others

·        Wear a face mask in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain

·        Avoid close contact with people who are sick

·        Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard it in a closed container


Inevitably, members of the hockey community will get sick whether it is COVID-19 or another illness common in the colder months. We ask everyone to be respectful and adhere to common practices to reduce the spread of illness:

·        If you are sick or do not feel well, stay home

·        If you have a fever, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines, such as acetaminophen

·        Keep sick household members away from others

·        Avoid sharing personal items

·        If you have been exposed (defined by the CDC being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more without wearing a mask), stay home and quarantine.

 

Symptom Monitoring


According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms, from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms may include:

·        Fever or chills

·        Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

·        Fatigue

·        Muscle or body aches

·        Headache

·        New loss of taste or smell

·        Sore throat

·        Congestion or runny nose

·        Nausea or vomiting

·        Diarrhea

 

If you are concerned about your symptoms or any symptoms your player is experiencing, contact your primary care physician or pediatrician.


Returning to Our Rinks: COVID-19 Health and Safety Practices and Policies


Our rink partners are working hard to provide a safe and healthy environment for hockey players and their families. They must adhere to all New York State Department of Health requirements. To support our rinks and embrace a philosophy of community responsibility in reducing the spread of COVID-19 therefore we ask all Webster Cyclones to adhere to the following*:

 

·        Take your player’s temperature before coming to the rink. If your player has a fever greater than 100 degrees or feels sick in any way, keep them at home

·        If you—as a parent, coach, or manager—are sick, stay at home

·        Wear a mask when inside the rinks

·        Maintain six feet of distance from others whenever possible

·        Arrive partially dressed in equipment (except skates, gloves, helmet) when possible

·        Respect the health and safety policies outlined by our rink partners

·        Set expectations with your player about responsible locker room behavior, including physical distancing and wearing of a mask at all times while in the locker room

·        Do not share equipment or water bottles

·        If you have been exposed (defined by the CDC being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more without wearing a mask), stay home and quarantine

 

*These are subject to change pending new guidance from the CD, New York State Government/DOH or new directives from USA Hockey.


Managing Positive Cases of COVID-19

 

While all are taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we should expect cases to occur among players or family members within the Webster Cyclones organization. If a player tests positive for COVID-19, we encourage the family to contact their Team Coach & Manager AND a Webster Board member or their Divisional VP (see the Board and Officers page under the ORGANIZATION tab of our website www.wyha.com) to report the confirmed case. Information shared with any member of the Webster Cyclones Board or Officers will remain confidential. When there is a COVID-19 confirmed case, the County Health Department will take the lead on quarantine and clearance for the person(s) affected to return to normal activities including hockey and school/work.

 

·        If an individual receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, the individual must be cleared to return to school (or work/normal activities for adults) before returning to the rink

·        The County Health Department limits the disclosure of personal information for those testing positive for COVID-19

·        If a player on a team tests positive for COVID-19, the County Health Department will inform the Webster Cyclones Board confidentially and request contact tracing information if it deems it necessary

·        The Webster Cyclones board and/or Team Staff will notify players and families if a positive COVID-19 case occurs on their team. The Webster Cyclones Board will share roster & contact information of team mates of a positive player and of any teams who shared practice ice or were opponents in games with the County Health Department as part of their tracing efforts. The Webster Cyclones Board will cooperate with all contracting efforts by the County Health Department.

·        If a player on a team tests positive, all players and team staff (Coaches, Managers and other volunteers) on the team are expected to follow the directives and recommendations of the County Health Department.

·        If a team is required to quarantine due to a positive player or coach, all ice slots for that team will be canceled during the quarantine period and rescheduled for a later date to the extent possible. This process will be managed by the WYHA ice scheduler in cooperation with our rinks.

·        Posting COVID positive cases on social media is a violation of medical privacy laws. WYHA expects all parents to monitor the social media activity of their children and make sure they understand the consequences of violating a team mates (or families) medical privacy.


Coaches and Managers Responsibilities

 

Our coaches and managers have the most direct contact with players and families throughout the season. We are asking all coaches and managers to ensure compliance of COVID-19 health and safety policies on their teams. If players and families do not comply with rink policies and good COVID-19 safety practices, then they may be jeopardizing the safety of our organization’s participants and potentially the completion of a full season of hockey.

 

This includes the following safety practices:

·        Families should take their player’s temperature before coming to the rink. If a player has a fever greater than 100 degrees or feels sick, they need to stay home. If the player does not feel well, regardless of his/her temperature, he/she should stay home.

·        Coaches, managers and family members who are sick should stay at home

·        Maintain six feet of distance from others whenever possible

·        Wear a mask at all times when in the rink. Coaches must also wear a mask when on the ice

·        Respect the health and safety policies outlined by our rink partners

·        Set expectations with players about responsible locker room behavior, including physical distancing (if Locker Rooms are allowed at a future date) and the wearing of a mask at all times.

·        Do not share equipment or water bottles

·        If you have been exposed (defined by the CDC being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more without wearing a mask), stay home and quarantine

 

*These are subject to change pending new guidance from New York State or new directives from USA Hockey

We expect our coaches and managers to help ensure compliance of safety practices when in the rinks or at team events. For example, coaches and managers may ensure compliance of safety practices by helping coordinate locker room attendance or offering safety reminders to players. Repeated non-compliance with important safety practices should be addressed in the same way as non-compliance with other team rules.


Teams are required to have a Locker Room Monitor (LRM) to assist the coaches and manager in ensuring good safety practices within the team environment both before Locker Rooms are allowed and by ensuring capacity requirements are adhered to once Locker Rooms are allowed. Players who do not come dressed (in violation of the rink rules) should be escorted to the restroom to avoid undergarments from being shown while dressing. If a coach or manager or parent has a concern over team compliance of safety practices which they have not been able to sufficiently address, they should contact their Divisional VP (House, Girls or Travel) for advice and potential action.


Teams who are non-compliant with safety requirements in the rink are subject to discipline from the Board which can include removal of ice time without re-scheduling and other measures as deemed necessary by the WYHA Board.


Rink Health and Safety Practices

 

The following is a summary of the safety practices to expect at each of our rinks. In general, all rinks have similar rules in place so parents and team staff should be alert to any additional requirements imposed by individual rinks. WYHA will advise all Head Coaches and Managers if new requirements are communicated by the rinks.

 

All of the rinks WYHA uses have reopening plans which encompass all mandated guidelines under New York State and USA Hockey. These guidelines are subject to change at any given time. Rink Staff will consistently sanitize the building, benches, locker rooms (if allowed in the future), bathrooms, handles, and other high use areas with CDC approved cleaning supplies. All employees will go through questions about their health and a temperature check prior to starting their shift. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the facility, and water fountains and bottle filling stations are currently unavailable. Players should bring their own filled water bottles if they want one.

 

Visitors (spectators, players and team staff) should expect:

·        Use doors marked ENTER for entry to the building and only exit through the doors marked EXIT. There will be traffic markers on the floor to help direct the flow of visitors in the building, along with doors for only entering/exiting the facility

·        Do not enter the building more than 15 minutes before the scheduled ice time

·        Adhere to capacity limits in all locker rooms (if allowed at some future date). Physical distancing in locker rooms is expected and enforced by Coaches, managers and Locker Room Monitors.

·        Dressing at home when possible (except for gloves, helmet and skates). Players should be dressed when entering the rink (except Goalies) until otherwise advised by rink policies.

·        Exit the rink no more than 15 minutes after your ice time ends

·        Everyone entering the facility must wear a protective facemask at ALL times. Player’s face masks may be removed when helmets go on. When helmets are removed after ice time, the mask is put on immediately.

·        Coaches must wear masks on the ice

·        Children must always be supervised by parents, coaches & managers

·        Limit spectators to 1 (until new rules are put into place). All spectators must wear a mask at all times.

·        When practices are shared, limit interaction between teams on the ice

·        Teams performing warmup exercises outside of the rinks should stay on the rink property

·        Spitting anywhere in the building is NOT permitted and you will be asked to leave if doing so

·        Some rinks may require a health assessment before proceeding to dressing areas

·        Teams should socially distance from other teams and from team mates and team staff before/after ice time by using the chairs in the rink area or, if permitted, in lobby areas


Webster Ice Arena Safety Guidelines are posted on the Webster Ice Arena website at: 

 http://www.websterarena.org/

Bill Grays IcePlex (BGIP)

approved plan can be found at:

https://www.billgraysiceplex.com/uploads/5/4/8/2/5482149/bill_grays_regional_iceplex_reopening_plan_final.pdf

Genesee Valley Rink rules can be found at the link below:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/14eymrX_tMp1O_Axh0WJHKfSwYIqyyoTd/view?usp=sharing


USA Hockey Safety Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What should players and families do to make sure they’re safe?

 

A: Players need to adhere to the basic principles of personal hygiene, social distancing, protective equipment and a clean environment. This includes frequently washing your hands, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and using personal water bottles and towels. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to it. Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick. Even if they’re not sick, maintain a distance of six feet when possible by avoiding crowded locker rooms, getting dressed at home, or putting on and taking off skates while sitting on chairs that are spaced out in the lobby or rink. Also, wear cloth-type masks at all times in a public setting.

 

Q: How should players be cleaning their equipment?

 

A: Players (with assistance/reminders from parents) should sanitize hands when they leave the ice, wipe down surfaces with disinfectants and clean equipment, including stick, gloves and helmet after every ice time. All equipment should be regularly sanitized.

 

Q: Should players wear a helmet with a full clear shield instead of a half shield or a cage?


A: There may be some advantage in wearing a full shield that can block some droplets if people sneeze or cough. However, no currently available facial protection can prevent inhalation of aerosolized droplets. For more information, see USA Hockey’s explanation at: https://cdn3.sportngin.com/attachments/document/a86d-2166147/FullShield.FaceMasks.COVID19.June2020.pdf#_ga=2.222615128.237827600.1593785949-156122349.1464184870


Q: Should players wear a mask while on the ice?

A: A cloth mask protects the wearer's nose and mouth from contact with droplets and may protect others by reducing exposure to the saliva and respiratory secretions of the mask wearer. This is especially important if someone is infected but does not have symptoms. Players should wear cloth masks at all times, except while playing (per current USA Hockey Guidelines and New York State rules for youth sports, howeverthese are subject to change at any time). Coaches and other support personnel should wear cloth masks at all times. Wearing a cloth mask during high intensity aerobic activity is not recommended by the CDC, WHO and USA Hockey. However wearing of masks by players could be mandated at any time by New York State Government or the Department of Health.

WYHA will continue to follow the policies set forth by USA Hockey and New York State (as described above) and the rinks we use for practice. WYHA coaches may ask their players to wear a mask during practice, however no player may be discriminated against if they can't tolerate a mask while practicing since the official policies do not require them to wear one. This situation is ever evolving and we will adjust if/when the policies change.

2020-21 Information


Ice hockey is considered a “higher risk” sport according to the New York State Department of Health. At this time, teams are allowed to practice, but not play games in New York State. However, USA Hockey announced that it will sanction hockey for the 2020-21 season and medical experts have confirmed that with taking appropriate cautions, it is safe to play hockey today.

Under certain conditions, teams may be able to travel outside of New York State to participate in USA Hockey sanctioned activities, which includes tournaments and games.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What if COVID-19 impacts our season? Will season fees be refunded or credited?


A: We are planning for a full season of games, practices and hockey activities similar to the past. Should the season be shortened due to closure of rinks by New York State or directives by USA Hockey, we plan to reschedule ice to a later date, if possible. If it is not possible to reschedule ice, we will provide refunds for program fees related to ice and referee fees which were not used.

Please note: Team events and activities missed by an individual player due to COVID-19 related infection or other illnesses, such as missed practices or games due to illness, quarantine, etc., will not be refunded. The Webster Cyclones have a policy for hockey related injury refunds which it has had for many years. Details on USA Hockey Insurance injury claims should be directed to the WYHA Registrar.


Q: If teams are unable to play games in New York State this season, will we receive refunds for unused ice time?

 

WYHA is working to plan for any scenario regarding the upcoming season. If the season is shortened due to closure of our rinks by New York State or directives by USA Hockey, we plan to provide refunds for program fees related to ice and referee fees which were not used to the extent possible under our ice contracts. We will communicate with families throughout the season about changes as they arise, and will be clear about how we plan to manage unused ice if teams are unable to play games in New York State.


Q: What happens if someone on the team tests positive for COVID-19?

 

If a player tests positive for COVID-19, we encourage the family to contact both their Team Coach/Manager and a member of the WYHA Board to report the confirmed case. The Webster Cyclones Board will keep the name of the player who tested positive confidential. When there is a COVID-19 confirmed case, the County Health Department will take the lead on quarantine and return to activities rules for the person(s) affected and will lead any contact tracing and exposure quarantines required. The WYHA Board and Team Staff will cooperate with the County Health Department for quarantine and contact tracing requirements. All players will be required to avoid posting COVID positive cases to protect their team mates medical privacy.


Q: Will teams lose their ice time if they are required to quarantine?

 

A: If a team is required to quarantine to a positive COVID-19 player or team staff member, all ice slots for that team will be canceled during the quarantine period and rescheduled for a later date to the extent possible. This process will be managed by the WYHA ice scheduler in cooperation with our rinks.

 

If the team is required to quarantine due to travel to a state where quarantine is required upon return to New York, their ice will be repurposed to other teams and will NOT be rescheduled at a later date. WYHA does not encourage out of state travel to states where infection rates are deemed unsafe by New York State officials as hockey is not an essential function.

 

Q: Can teams travel outside of the area?

 

A: As of 11-18-2020, WYHA is no longer allowing teams to travel outside of NY to participate in any hockey function.

Under certain conditions, teams may be able to travel outside of New York State to states where quarantine is NOT required when they return to New York to participate in USA Hockey sanctioned activities, which includes tournaments and games.


As of 8-30-2020, teams may travel to States to play games provided the state does not require a quarantine when returning to New York. Games must meet one of the following two criteria in order for traveling to be allowed:

     * Games must be played against USA Hockey teams with USA Hockey Youth or Girls rosters (no Juniors). If the border with Canada re-opens, games may be played against teams with Canadian Hockey rosters. Teams should ask for a copy of the roster of the teams they are playing and the managers should keep the rosters in their manager's book in case there are questions about who they played or a COVID exposure is reported.

     * Tournaments are allowed IF the Tournament is sanctioned by USA Hockey. Teams should always ask for the cancellation policies in writing (and make sure parents are aware of them). MyHockey Tournaments are USA Hockey sanctioned while many other Tournament companies offer a mix of sanctioned and unsanctioned tournaments. All teams should ask for a copy of the sanctioning document for the Tournament and keep it in the Manager's Book for contact tracing purposes and for TB qualifying (if applicable).

 

Teams planning to travel out of state should be aware of:

*       The NY Governor could change all Travel quarantine and restrictions at any time.

·        Playing in Tournaments (or games) that are NOT sanctioned by USA Hockey could get your team staff brought into a NYSAHA hearing whether the Tournament is in New York or not. Plus your USA hockey Insurance is not in effect and the Team Staff can be sued by parents of injured players.

·        Tournaments in Canada or against Canadian teams are TBD due to the border closure.

·        Some teams may elect to stay in New York thus consulting with your parents whether they are comfortable traveling this season. Retaliation against players for refusal to travel is NOT allowed and should be reported to the WYHA Board.

·        All of the states on the New York border are open for games BUT always re-confirm with the teams and Tournaments before leaving. A few states are restricted to non-checking games or could shut down for short periods at short notice. Some states have rink capacity limitations which can impact game scheduling. Always follow the New York rules on masks, social distancing and spectator limits in rinks.

 

Q: How do I report concerns over health and safety practices while at a team practice, game, or other event?


A: If you are concerned over team compliance of safety practices, contact your head coach or team manager first. If your head coach or team manager does not properly address your concern, or if you prefer not to raise the issue with the team staff, please contact your Divisions VP for Travel, House or Girls or contact any member of the WYHA Board. Contact info for all WYHA Board members and Officers can be found on the WYHA Board and Officers webpage under the ORGANIZATION tab on our website at www.wyha.com


NYSAHA Revised Travel Update 11-11-2020

WYHA's announcement on 11-18-2020 supercedes 11-11-2020 NYSAHA information

Teams may travel to States not under quarantine restrictions to play games provided they follow ALL New York Government rules on Travel and all games meet two criteria:     

     * Games must be against USA Hockey teams with USA Hockey Youth rosters (no Juniors). If the border with Canada re-opens, games may be played against teams with Canadian Hockey rosters.     

     * Tournaments are allowed IF the Tournament is sanctioned by USA Hockey. Be careful signing up for out of state Tournaments and get the cancellation policies in writing (and make sure your parents are aware of them). Any Tournament that says they have their own insurance is NOT SANCTIONED. MyHockey Tournaments are sanctioned. Please ask if not sure.


NOTE 1: The NY Governor could change Travel policies at any time.

NOTE 2: Playing in Tournaments (or games) that are NOT sanctioned by USA Hockey could get your team staff brought into a hearing whether the Tournament is in New York or not and if playeer is hurt, the Team Staff can be sued. If not sure, ask. 

NOTE 3: Tournaments in Canada or against Canadian teams are still TBD due to the border closure.

NOTE 4: Some teams may elect to stay in New York only so consulting with your parents on whether they will travel is advised. No player can be discriminated against if they do not want to travel

NOTE 5: All of the states on the New York borders are open for games BUT check with the teams and Tournaments as there may be rules about contact, rink capacity limits or allowing teams from out of state to play. Please always follow the New York rules on masks and social distancing in rinks (for your own protection).

The Webster Ice Arena Covid 19 Guideline/Plan Returning to The Rink 2020


1. Skaters are asked to come home-dressed with most equipment installed on at home. Locker rooms will not be opened or available but benches and chairs will be available for putting on skates.

2. Skaters are asked to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before scheduled ice time. Skaters will also be asked to exit the building no more than 15 minutes after their ice time has ended.

3. Skaters under 17 years of age can have 1 spectator with them.

4. Social distancing, whenever possible, both on and off the ice and will be enforced.

5. Everyone entering the building will have to wear a mask. People will not be allowed into the building without a mask. Mask will need to be worn while in the building. People will be asked to leave the building if masks are not properly worn while in the building. Skaters will not have to wear masks on the ice but will need to distance whenever possible. Coaches will have to wear a mask on the ice.

6. Drinking fountains will be turned off and not available for use. Each skater will have to bring their own hydration. Sharing of water bottles/hydration is not permitted. Drinks will be available in machines and the snack bar will be opened on a limited basis.

7. The Pro Shop will be open but we will limit the amount of people allowed in. We ask that social distancing be maintained while in the pro shop.

8. On ice benches will be marked in 6 feet increments for social distancing.

9. Doors will be clearly marked as an entrance and exit only.

10. All employees will be screened for health and safety. Touch-less thermometers will be used to take temperatures will be taken on a daily basis.

11. The Webster Ice Arena will have a strict sanitizing plan in place. Everything will be sanitized on a regularly scheduled plan. In some cases, sanitization will be immediate. Sanitizing stations will be available throughout the building.

12. Skaters and spectators are asked to stay at home if they are feeling ill in any way.


General Hockey FAQ

Q: My child was a Beginner last season and I don't know if they are ready for a Pony/6U or Empire House team?

A: Players in the Beginner Program should plan on moving to a team at the Pony/6U, 8U/RWB, 10U/Squirt or 12U/Peewee levels.  Please contact the House VP at house@wyha.com if you are not sure if your child is ready to move to a team based program at their age level.

There will be many players out of Beginners going into the 6U, 8U, 10U and 12U teams. Making sure your player is active over the summer (play soccer in the backyard, walk, run, play tennis or golf) is recommended.  There are also many articles on the internet and at USA Hockey on how to keep your children active during the summer and help be ready for the start of hockey in the Fall.

Q: We are not sure if we will be able to afford to play hockey this season.  Will WYHA offer any programs to help?

A: WYHA recognizes some families have had financial setbacks due to furloughs or layoffs. WYHA will extend payment plans thru 12/30 to make it easier on families to pay. WYHA has always worked with families with temporary financial issues provided they are willing to sign up for an online payment plan with a debit/credit card.  Once we open registration, contact the Registrar Jeanne Barreca at registrar@wyha.com as early as possible to work out a plan.

WYHA has wanted to start a scholarship program for years but we need volunteers to raise the money to assist families with temporary financial difficulties.  Contact any WYHA Board member or Officer if interested in volunteering to help with this initiative.

NEW on for 2020-21: 

Colin Montesano Scholarship Applications accepted thru 8/31.  Open to Empire House or Pony players. Look under the PROGRAMS tab for the application & further details. 2 scholarships for 1/2 of the fee paid to WYHA will be awarded.

Also, parents are encouraged to check out the USA Hockey Foundation as often the Foundation will offer programs to cover the cost of USA Hockey Registration partially or in full.



Q: What is a Locker Room Monitors (LRM) and How has this role changed for 2020-21?
A:
This role will be even more important in 2020-21 as these parents will help coaches, managers and rink staff ensure social distancing rules are being followed before/after ice sessions if locker rooms are not in use. Players who do not come dressed (in violation of the rink rules) should be escorted to the restroom to avoid undergarments from being shown while dressing. If/when locker rooms are opened for use, LRM's will ensure capacity limits are adhered to by asking players to leave once dressed and not allowing more than 6 (or the rink's stated maximum capacity for the Locker Room) players in the Locker Room. 

See
for additional details on the Locker Room Monitor Parent Volunteer Role.  All teams are required to at least one Locker Room Monitor Parent Volunteer who has been screened and taken the SafeSport training.  Teams with more than one gender must have at least one parent of each gender.


Q: What is the difference Between AAA, AA and A?

AAA or Tier I is reserved for only a few, very selective organizations.  Most organizations compete at Tier II or AA level. Small organizations usually compete at the Tier III/A/Mixed level.  Only organizations who are classified as Tier I or Tier II may compete for a National Championship. Tier III organizations may compete for a State Championship. Many players from Tier II or III organizations end up playing high school hockey, juniors and at the college level. Despite the hype, only a very few elite players end up playing at the professional level and while most played AAA hockey at some point, there are many examples of players who by geography/cost consideration never played AAA.

Note there is considerable hype about playing AAA or Tier I Hockey. AAA hockey is extremely expensive and time consuming with no guarantee of playing at a higher level (junior, college or professional).  We wish any player well who desires to tryout for an AAA team. If your child makes a AAA team, we consider it a success for our program!  However, if your child tries out and does not make the AAA team, we encourage families to bring your child back to Webster Youth Hockey for AA tryouts as he (or she) will have greater exposure (and the possibility of playing on Tier II TB team) playing on the top team at Webster than they would playing on a secondary team at an AAA organization.  Also note only players on the top team at an organization can apply for selection for district/regional camps at an organization (at age 14 and older). Players who are elite generally move away at age 16 or 17 to play in the elite Tier II (NA) or I (USHL) Junior leagues in order to play at the professional or college level. Colleges generally do not offer freshmen hockey scholarships until their Junior eligibility is completed at age 20.

Why does hockey cost so much?

Ice time costs over $300 per hour and it goes up every year. Webster Youth Hockey contracts with the Webster Ice Arena to buy ice. The Webster Ice Arena Board, not Webster Youth Hockey, sets the ice price.

Webster Youth Hockey fees generally contain costs for ice and development (practice, games and clinics) which is  about 75% of our fees.  Other major components include equipment and uniforms, referees, coach certification and league fees, and the remainder pays for the website, credit card fees, event promotion, insurance, etc. Webster Youth Hockey is run by volunteers who are not paid.

Why can't we have a regular ice slot for practices?
There are two contributing factors.
1.) Ice time is limited because Webster Ice Arena only has one rink and the Webster Ice Arena expects Webster Youth Hockey to buy a contracted amount of ice every season. There is also limited amounts of ice at other other rinks usually at 5 PM and 8/9 PM. Therefore someone has to take the 5 PM, weekend, Friday, and 8/9 PM practice slots. Regular practice slots mean some teams would always get the less desirable times and days.  Therefore, teams have different slots each week so all teams share the less desirable times.
2.) Three(3) High School Varsity and several JV teams also use Webster Ice Arena for practices and games.  During the high school season, we lose the 5 PM practice slots to the High Schools and most of their home games are scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays which means we lose 2 hours of practice ice for every home High School game.  The High School game days and times vary every week, therefore our available practice ice varies every week during the High School season.
Every other hockey organization in Rochester has these issues. Some have Junior or College conflicts also.

Why aren't the registration fees the same at all organizations? 

Each organization puts a different amount of ice and use different vendors (jerseys, off ice training, on ice training to name a few). Webster generally puts more ice in their fees when the amount of ice time is compared. Most other other orgs do not put pre-season ice in their Travel fees, do not give practice ice to House or Travel teams after the end of February (post season ice), may not include off ice training or clinics to name just a few differences.  Also, ice prices can vary according to the rink playing at or other orgs may pay coaches (we do not!). WYHA regularly surveys the other orgs to see the ice and development opportunities they offer so we can offer competitive pricing and development opportunities.

You Make the Call!

 
Reprinted from the October 2016 USA Hockey magazine
Answer: Yes, an injured player (who is NOT suspended) may stand on the bench provided he/she wears a helmet, facemask & team jersey or warmups.  Injured players can be called for bench minors or Game Misconducts for Abuse of Officials so appropriate behavior standards are required.
NOTE: Suspended players and/or coaches may NOT be on or near the bench, penalty bench or scorekeepers area.  They must sit in the spectator stands and a clear indication is placed on the scoresheet to note they are serving a suspension by the Team Manager.

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